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The Stability of Social Preferences in a Low-Income Neighborhood

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  • Angela C. M. de Oliveira

    () (Department of Resource Economics, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 203 Stockbridge Hall, 80 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01003, USA; corresponding author)

  • Catherine Eckel

    () (Economics Program, School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road, GR31, Richardson, TX 75080, USA)

  • Rachel T. A. Croson

    () (Economics Program, School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road, GR31, Richardson, TX 75080, USA)

Abstract

We investigate whether social preferences are stable across contexts using a field population of low-income Americans. We develop and demonstrate a simplified, visually-based experimental methodology appropriate for this population. We show that choices in a laboratory public goods game predict giving in real donation experiments, as well as self-reported donations and volunteering outside the lab. At the same time, choices vary systematically by individual characteristics and decision context. Thus, our results provide evidence both for an underlying stable social preference and for the role of context in influencing the expression of that preference.

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  • Angela C. M. de Oliveira & Catherine Eckel & Rachel T. A. Croson, 2012. "The Stability of Social Preferences in a Low-Income Neighborhood," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 79(1), pages 15-45, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:79:1:y:2012:p:15-45
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    JEL classification:

    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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